COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY 1997-2007

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      PHOENIX SOAR TO THIRD TITLE
      AAP
      September 14 2002

      The Melbourne Phoenix extended their season-long dominance over the Adelaide Thunderbirds last night to become national league champions. The Phoenix won an exciting grand final 49-44 at Melbourne’s Vodafone Arena to become the first side to win three premierships. The victory, before a crowd of 5,500, was the Phoenix’s fourth this season over Adelaide and condemned the Thunderbirds to three successive grand final losses.

      It was the Phoenix’s second premiership in the past three seasons and a fitting result for a side that lost just one game and drew one for the season. Inspired by Australian national star Sharelle McMahon, the Phoenix surged to a 26-14 half-time lead, then held on in the second half after the Thunderbirds mounted a brilliant comeback.

      Down by 13 early in the third quarter, the Thunderbirds reduced the margin to six by the last change and twice narrowed the gap to one goal in the last quarter. But McMahon, who starred in the second quarter with 10 goals, again stood up in the last quarter, sealing Melbourne’s win with nine goals for the term.

      McMahon’s presence in the second quarter was symbolic of the Phoenix’s aggression and the Victorians rarely allowed the Thunderbirds an easy possession. Phoenix surged to a 33-20 lead shortly after half-time. But Adelaide persisted through the long shooting of Jacqui Delaney and, once the Thunderbirds found the right mix up forward, they fought back superbly.

      Adelaide tried Carrie Worthley and Jacqui Roberts to partner Delaney, but only found the right combination with Anna Coldbeck, who scored 17 goals from as many attempts. Coldbeck’s influence helped narrow the lead twice to one goal in the last quarter, but the Phoenix finished off well to give Lisa Alexander a premiership in her first season as coach. Coldbeck had played only one quarter of netball this season and finished the year with a perfect shooting record of 24 goals from 24 shots.

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        ALSO IN 2002…

        Player behaviour and language became an issue in 2002. In round 5, Australian captain Kath Harby-Williams was sent from the court for dissent when simply saying “you’re kidding” after an umpire’s decision. Then in round 8, Ravens’ shooter Sharon Durbridge was seen on TV clearly swearing. This prompted a response from NA CEO Pam Smith.

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        HARBY-WILLIAMS SENT OFF AS THE T-BIRDS BEAT SYDNEY
        AAP

        Australian captain Kathryn Harby-Williams was sent off for back chat last night as her Adelaide Thunderbirds finally broke the Sydney Swifts 12-game winning streak. Harby-Williams found herself sent off the court for dissent in the dying minutes of the tightly fought match at the State Sports Centre, won 46-43 by Adelaide.

        She had been warned in the third quarter and again in the fourth and was finally given her marching orders by umpire Stacey Campton after querying a call with “you’re kidding”. It is the third time a player has been sent off since the National Netball League began in 1997 and the first time for an Australian captain.

        “It was certainly a passionate plea,” Harby-Williams said after the match. “I wasn’t being nasty at all to the umpire, it was an emotional and passionate game. I’ve seen a lot of dirty play in my time and it certainly wasn’t anything like that.” She conceded it was a lapse in her discipline and said she was disappointed.

        Thunderbird’s coach Margaret Angove said she would discuss the matter with Harby-Williams and discipline her if necessary. The loss is the first for the defending champion Swifts this season, with Adelaide remaining undefeated after five rounds.

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        WASH YOUR MOUTHS OUT, ‘ROLE MODELS’ WARNED
        NZPA

        Netball Australia is getting tough on foul language after a premier player was caught using the f-word during a televised match. The sport’s governing body responded by banning swearing and reminding top players they were role models for young girls and risked disciplinary action if they were caught using obscene language.

        Adelaide Ravens goal-shoot Sharon Durbridge was clearly shown mouthing “f… ” after a play in the Adelaide goal circle during a closely-fought match against the Melbourne Phoenix. After receiving complaints from people attending matches with young children, Netball Australia chief executive Pam Smith emailed leading players and officials, reminding them that swearing and sledging “will not be tolerated.”

        But the stance has polarised opinion among players. Ravens captain Danielle Grant said it was “pathetic” that swearing had become a major issue. “This is just ridiculous – it happens in men’s sports,” she said. “It’s ridiculous our head of netball is focusing on that. There should be more concern about the financial situation of our league.”

        Australian vice-captain Liz Ellis, a self-confessed “passionate” competitor, said swearing should not be condoned in netball because of the young crowd it attracted. “It’s not a huge issue, but I agree with the zero tolerance policy because at the end of the day most of our viewers are young women.”

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          LEAGUE DUMPS RAVENS FOR AIS TEAM
          The Age
          August 27, 2002

          The Adelaide Ravens were yesterday axed from the National Netball League competition to make way for an Australian Institute of Sport team. Netball Australia chief executive Pam Smith said the board had come to a decision at the weekend. “It’s a very difficult decision and we certainly have a great deal of sympathy for the people who will no longer be there,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be the best decision for netball, both in South Australia and in Netball Australia generally.”

          Smith said there may be an opportunity to bring the Ravens back into the competition “down the track”, but also said it was unlikely with their current limited financial resources. “From our point of view, it’s a final decision,” Smith said. “(But) if either Mr Murdoch or Mr Packer (contributed), with the Commonwealth Bank . . . we’d have a lot more money in the competition and then I’m sure we’d have the opportunity.”

          Ravens vice-captain Trudy Gardner was upset about yesterday’s announcement and said Netball Australia’s decision was made in haste. “They were after a quick-fix solution and they wanted the AIS in quick,” Gardner said. “I don’t think they thought hard about it. South Australia loses out, the players lose out and fans lose out. I’m sure all of my teammates are devastated. Most of the girls have got their ground roots in South Australia. It’s quite disappointing.”

          The Ravens’ midcourter said she wanted to play on in the league but her options were now limited. “It’s a real reality check,” she said. “I feel I’ve got a little more to offer in netball.” Gardner said the competition would become more lopsided with the omission of the Ravens, as it would give the Thunderbirds a greater talent base. The Thunderbirds have played in every grand final since the league’s inception in 1997 – claiming the trophy twice. “They are going to have a massive group of players to pick from,” Gardner said.

          Smith said the five state-based member organisations of Netball Australia had made submissions for the retention of their teams, and the Ravens were chosen for elimination for a number of reasons. “(Those reasons included) they came from a membership organisation that has the fifth-largest membership base. We looked at things like crowd support, we looked at things like on-court performances,” Smith said. “In the evaluation of all the submissions that came in, it was felt in the best interest of the competition . . . that South Australia will have a team in the competition, (but) . . . taking everything into account, not two teams.”

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            In 2003, the new team entering the competition to replace the Adelaide Ravens, was the AIS Canberra Darters.

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            2003 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

            Round 1
            Thunderbirds 59 v Sandpipers 30
            Kestrels 44 v Firebirds 52
            Phoenix 57 v Orioles 38
            Darters 35 v Swifts 60

            Round 2
            Firebirds 41 v Phoenix 56
            Swifts 38 v Thunderbirds 43
            Orioles 39 v Darters 43
            Kestrels 53 v Sandpipers 46

            Round 3
            Thunderbirds 40 v Phoenix 44
            Swifts 64 v Sandpipers 39
            Kestrels 51 v Orioles 44
            Darters 47 v Firebirds 41

            Round 4
            Orioles 29 v Swifts 43
            Sandpipers 60 v Darters 39
            Firebirds 40 v Thunderbirds 41
            Phoenix 51 v Kestrels 41

            Round 5
            Sandpipers 54 v Firebirds 35
            Swifts 51 v Phoenix 38
            Darters 44 v Kestrels 54
            Orioles 35 v Thunderbirds 63

            Round 6
            Thunderbirds 60 v Darters 36
            Swifts 63 v Kestrels 35
            Orioles 40 v Firebirds 52
            Phoenix 57 v Sandpipers 39

            Round 7
            Darters 50 v Phoenix 70
            Kestrels 40 v Thunderbirds 62
            Firebirds 40 v Swifts 59
            Sandpipers 48 v Orioles 35

            Round 8
            Sandpipers 42 v Swifts 55
            Orioles 33 v Kestrels 59
            Firebirds 51 v Darters 44
            Phoenix 52 v Thunderbirds 36

            Round 9
            Thunderbirds 58 v Orioles 46
            Firebirds 36 v Sandpipers 41
            Kestrels 62 v Darters 41
            Phoenix 53 v Swifts 46

            Round 10
            Thunderbirds 58 v Firebirds 43
            Swifts 67 v Orioles 41
            Darters 55 v Sandpipers 51
            Kestrels 38 v Phoenix 46

            Round 11
            Thunderbirds 47 v Swifts 64
            Sandpipers 48 v Kestrels 55
            Darters 64 v Orioles 46
            Phoenix 71 v Firebirds 29

            Round 12
            Swifts 47 v Darters 49
            Sandpipers 33 v Thunderbirds 57
            Orioles 38 v Phoenix 61
            Firebirds 47 v Kestrels 54

            Round 13
            Darters 47 v Thunderbirds 63
            Sandpipers 44 v Phoenix 58
            Firebirds 39 v Orioles 51
            Kestrels 48 v Swifts 40

            Round 14
            Swifts 78 v Firebirds 40
            Thunderbirds 46 v Kestrels 49
            Orioles 37 v Sandpipers 46
            Phoenix 64 v Darters 28

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            LADDER

            TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
            PHOENIX .. 14 . .13 . . 1 . . 0 . . 778 . . 559 . .+219 . . 139.18 . . 26
            SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .10 . . 4 . . 0 . . 775 . . 579 . .+196 . . 133.85 . . 20
            T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .10 . . 4 . . 0 . . 730 . . 597 . .+133 . . 122.28 . . 20
            KESTRELS . 14 . .. 9 . . 5 . . 0 . . 683 . . 663 . . .+20 . . 103.02 . . 18

            S’PIPERS … 14 . .. 5 . . 9 . . 0 . . 621 . . 695 . . . -74 . . . 89.35 . . 10
            DARTERS .. 14 . .. 5 . . 9 . . 0 . . 622 . . 761 . . -139 . . . 81.73 . . 10
            FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 3 . 11 . . 0 . . 586 . . 738 . . -152 . . . 79.40 . . .6
            ORIOLES … 14 . .. 1 . 13 . . 0 . . 552 . . 751 . . -199 . . . 73.50 . . .2

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              MAJOR SEMI FINAL – PHOENIX v SWIFTS
              State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

              SWIFTS WON 45-44
              (12-15, 28-22, 34-32, 44-45)

              PHOENIX:
              GS . Southby
              GA . McMahon
              WA . Meaney
              C .. Dick
              WD . Chokljat
              GD . Boniello
              GK . Chatfield

              Changes:
              3rd Q – Jacobsen WA (Dick), Meaney to C.

              Shooting:
              McMahon 26/34 (76%)
              Southby 18/22 (82%)
              TOTAL 44/56 (79%)

              SWIFTS:
              GS . Cox
              GA . Altschwager
              WA . Anderson
              C .. Barrett
              WD . Gilsenan
              GD . Broadbent
              GK . Ellis

              Changes:
              Unknown

              Shooting:
              Cox 28/37 (76%)
              Altschwager 17/25 (68%)
              TOTAL 45/62 (73%)

              Umpires: Stacey Campton, Deb Farrelly

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                MINOR SEMI FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v KESTRELS
                ETSA Park, Adelaide

                THUNDERBIRDS WON 51-46
                (11-13, 24-23, 39-33, 51-46)

                THUNDERBIRDS:
                GS . Heinrich
                GA . Delaney
                WA . N.von Bertouch
                C .. Sanders
                WD . Scholz
                GD . Harby-Williams
                GK . Fellowes

                Changes:
                None

                Shooting:
                Delaney 28/35 (80%)
                Heinrich 23/27 (85%)
                TOTAL 51/62 (82%)

                KESTRELS:
                GS . Burton
                GA . Neele
                WA . O’Donnell
                C .. Richardson
                WD . van Rensberg
                GD . Garbutt
                GK . Ilitch

                Changes:
                4th Q – Booth GS (Burton).

                Shooting:
                Neele 29/38 (76%)
                Burton 11/15 (73%)
                Booth 6/7 (83%)
                TOTAL 46/60 (77%)

                Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

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                  PRELIMINARY FINAL – PHOENIX v THUNDERBIRDS
                  State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

                  PHOENIX WON 59-43
                  (14-13, 30-24, 47-33 59-43)

                  PHOENIX:
                  GS . Southby
                  GA . McMahon
                  WA . Jacobsen
                  C .. Meaney
                  WD . Chokljat
                  GD . Boniello
                  GK . Chatfield

                  Changes:
                  3rd Q – Dick C (Jacobsen), Meaney to WA.

                  Shooting:
                  Southby 32/38 (84%)
                  McMahon 27/32 (84%)
                  TOTAL 59/70 (84%)

                  THUNDERBIRDS:
                  GS . Delaney
                  GA . Avellino
                  WA . N.von Bertouch
                  C .. Sanders
                  WD . Scholz
                  GD . Harby-Williams
                  GK . Fellowes

                  Changes:
                  3rd Q – Avellino to GS, Delaney to GA.

                  Shooting:
                  Delaney 27/36 (75%)
                  Avellino 16/25 (64%)
                  TOTAL 43/61 (70%)

                  Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

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                    BONIELLO SET FOR FINAL FLASH
                    Linda Pearce
                    The Sunday Age

                    Despite all her bad luck, a retiring Liz Boniello is grateful for the opportunities she’s had, writes Linda Pearce.

                    IN a drawer in Shepparton lies a scrapbook that chronicles a sporting life through more than a decade of media ink. The brilliant schoolgirl athlete. The junior Australian netball captain touted as a future senior leader. The long-term goal defence in the national team. Or so it seemed.

                    But then the tragedies, a series of them. Beyond the two serious knee injuries that ruined the first dreams of Commonwealth Games and world championships; and far more than the selection injustices that, four years later, buried both ambitions for all time. The accidental death of a sister, in 1997; of a father, last year, through illness; and, on the eve of her planned wedding day, of a fiance’s sister, who suffered a brain aneurism while buying flowers for the bride and groom.

                    Liz Boniello, formerly Taverner, has flicked through the cuttings, compiled and kept by her mother, and says that what she has read has “broken her heart”. The experience is made stranger still by the realisation that the person she is reading about is herself.

                    “It’s been a sort of surreal way of looking at my life, looking through the scrapbook and I suppose achieving so much,” said Boniello. “(Reading) articles of being in the Aussie team with some legends of the game that played during that era, and having the opportunity to be interviewed for the vice-captaincy and really being in just a fantastic position in my sporting career, and then all the downs that followed. The ups and downs.”

                    And now, in Friday’s national league grand final against the Swifts in Sydney, the end of it all. After 89 national league games for the Melbourne Phoenix, as a key member of at least three premiership teams, perhaps four. After 12 Tests for Australia, but never at a major championship. Aged 31, after one of her best individual seasons she is a wife whose next plan is to become a mother.

                    Boniello still loves the game as much as ever, and hates to think how she will feel when it’s over. Nor does she want a big send-off, or any fuss. Her impending retirement – “the r-word”, as coach Lisa Alexander calls it – has not been discussed openly by the Phoenix, although its coming is no secret. In this interview, the club’s popular co-captain was unusually reticent, having made a conscious decision to go quietly and fearing the distractions that may still intrude.

                    “My plans for next year just haven’t been spoken about within our team,” she said, carefully. Certainly the girls are aware of it, but I just haven’t wanted to make a big hoo-ha about it. A few years ago, (Thunderbird) Sarah Sutter was retiring for six months of that season, and it just went on forever, and I know even her teammates were laughing about it, saying, `Oh, Sutts, when are you going to retire?’ I just didn’t want to be in that position, or put that pressure and expectation on everyone else around me.”

                    Boniello prefers to talk about what lies further ahead, and recently had a quiet word with her friend and protege Bianca Chatfield, the national under-21 captain tipped to return to the senior team under new coach Norma Plummer. Boniello has already told Plummer how much she would like to be 25 again, starting over under her old mentor, and hopes fate is kinder to Chatfield, her so-called “little sister” in the defensive circle.

                    “I gave B a lecture the other day, saying, Now B, just don’t think you’re going to be in the Australian team for the next 10 years, just appreciate every single game when you get back in again because it doesn’t last forever’,” Boniello said. “Five or six years ago, I just thought I was going to be in the Australian team for the next five or six years and that didn’t work out the way I’d planned.”

                    Selection disappointments of the past two years have hurt immensely. So devastated was Boniello to miss the 2002 Commonwealth Games that it almost destroyed her season. She was more prepared to be overlooked for this year’s world titles and, while handling it far better the second time around, was scarcely less disappointed. “Last year, I really struggled confidence-wise and I suppose I never got back,” Boniello said. “I only ended up playing reasonable netball once the Commonwealth Games were finished, and of course during that time, my dad passed away as well.

                    “The past couple of years have been really difficult being a (national) squad member and wanting to go to that next level, and my two outstanding goals in netball were the Commonwealth Games and the world championships. But the time’s right to move on to other things. If I hung around next year, who’s to say I’d get selected under Norma? Anyway, it’s not what I want to do. There’s young players that they need to develop.”

                    Boniello is grateful for the opportunities she has had, and honoured to have represented her country, conscious that all she has missed has sharpened her appreciation for what she has had. Her game has also benefited, according to Alexander, for certainly Liz has had a lot of life-changing things that have happened to her and she has a lot of time to reflect on that, and as a person and player she’s grown so much”.

                    “She just gets out there and she knows that every game counts. She just wants to put everything into every game, and she prepares herself better than anybody.” This week, she will do so for one last time, before the focus shifts to the family she hopes to start with Tony, a former Canberra Cannons guard and her husband of almost three years. Coaching does not appeal, but Boniello may draw on what she calls her disappointments in life, and disappointments in selections”, to assume a player welfare role.

                    Which for now leaves one of the game’s most respected players, and one of its unluckiest, trying in vain to describe her own career in 50 words or less. “Ooooh, up and down, there’s three words,” she said. “I’ve given everything a go, I suppose. I’ve had some really great times and have such great memories and there’s been some real down-and-out times as well.

                    “When I look back, it brings a smile to my face, and the standout thing is the friendships that you make along the way and that you keep forever. For me, it just means so much. The good times that we had just override everything else that happens along the way.”

                    2003 GRAND FINAL
                    Sydney Swifts v Melbourne Phoenix
                    8pm on Friday, 12 September, at the SuperDome, Sydney
                    TV: ABC, Saturday, 13 September, 4-5pm (replay).

                    CROWD: More than 8000 tickets have been sold. The SuperDome capacity is 20,000 and organisers hope to trump the 10,000 at the 1991 world championship final between Australia and New Zealand.

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                      GRAND FINAL – SWIFTS v PHOENIX
                      Superdome, Sydney

                      PHOENIX WON 47-44
                      (14-12, 22-23, 31-37, 44-47)

                      SWIFTS:
                      GS . Cox
                      GA . Altschwager
                      WA . Anderson
                      C .. Barrett
                      WD . Gilsenan
                      GD . Broadbent
                      GK . Ellis

                      Changes:
                      Unknown

                      Shooting:
                      Cox 23/36 (64%)
                      Altschwager 21/27 (78%)
                      TOTAL 44/63 (70%)

                      PHOENIX:
                      GS . Southby
                      GA . McMahon
                      WA . Jacobsen
                      C .. Meaney
                      WD . Chokljat
                      GD . Boniello
                      GK . Chatfield

                      Changes:
                      3rd Q – Dick C (Jacobsen), Meaney to WA.

                      Shooting:
                      McMahon 32/40 (80%)
                      Southby 15/25 (60%)
                      TOTAL 47/65 (72%)

                      Umpires: Sharon Kelly, Michelle Phippard

                      Crowd: 10507

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                        COMPOSED PHOENIX RAIN ON SWIFTS PARADE
                        By Tim Dick
                        September 13, 2003

                        If you’d turned up two hours late to the national league grand final on Friday night, you would’ve known who had won without looking at the scoreboard. Only the Melbourne Phoenix were still around, like party gatecrashers who didn’t know when to go home.

                        They rained on the Sydney Swifts’ parade, retaining their championship title and securing their NNL dominance – four titles in their seven-year history. The record crowd for a domestic game – 10,507 – was outscreamed by a small but hardy bunch of Southern Men who donned purple hair and the purple playing uniforms of their Phoenix partners and friends.

                        In the end it was that band of merry men who got to cheer their team last during the presentation ceremony, knowing that the Melbourne Phoenix had made history by winning a grand final away from home – the first team to do so.

                        Wiping away tears after the game, victorious coach Lisa Alexander said “it’s a very emotional victory”, as co-captain Liz Boniello made her final game a winning one. Alexander wasn’t shy in praising the standard of the match, saying: “If people don’t want to watch netball, they’re bloody mad after that.”

                        She said it was one of the best games she had seen.

                        That probably wasn’t what Swifts shooter Catherine Cox was thinking, saying she was preparing to drown her sorrows but was already looking to next year.

                        In the post-match huddle, “Liz [Ellis] said to us, ‘just remember how bad this feels because we don’t want to be here again’.

                        “Look forward to next year. It’s the only thing you can do,” Cox said.

                        Going into the game, the Swifts had a double-barrelled advantage over the Phoenix, having beaten them nine times to six with one draw overall, but the major statistic against a Victorian win was that an away team had never won a grand final.

                        The Phoenix might have won half the six previous title-deciders they had played in but each was in front of a partisan Melbourne crowd. Last night, with a record-breaking crowd of 10,507 almost entirely against them, the Phoenix had to play a near-perfect game – and hope the Swifts returned to their late-season form slump – to become only the second team to successfully defend a championship title.

                        The SuperDome was an unhappy hunting ground for the Phoenix when they played the Swifts in May – also in front of a then-record club crowd – Sydney team winning surprisingly easily, 51-38.

                        Yet if last night’s Phoenix side was concerned about facing a overwhelmingly partisan crowd, it wasn’t showing it as the players piled out of their mini-bus behind the SuperDome chatting amicably.

                        The Phoenix dominated the early part of the game against a faltering Swifts effort. Yet once the Swifts settled – particularly defenders Liz Ellis and Alison Broadbent – they began to claw back that lead. At quarter-time the home side were up by two.

                        The second quarter descended into a display of outstanding defence interfering with both sides’ occasionally faltering attack, although it was the Swifts who felt it worse. Cox and Jane Altschwager managed just a 62 per cent conversion rate for the quarter, 17 less than Sharelle McMahon and Eloise Southby. Despite that, the lead swapped four times, with the Phoenix taking a single goal lead into half-time, 23-22.

                        After that, they pulled away. As the three-quarter time clock struck, the Swifts trailed the reigning champions 37-31. Their shooting had only improved by five per cent – to 69 – not enough in a grand final. It wasn’t to change in the final quarter.

                        While she continued to be her composed self, Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald’s face and lowered shoulders as she glanced at the scoreboard with four minutes left suggested she knew the title wouldn’t be coming to Sydney.

                        The lead didn’t stop McMahon continuing to give all who crossed her – including her own teammates – ice-cold stares that gave away just how much she wanted the win. And despite a mini-comeback by the Swifts near the end, they didn’t have enough of the McMahon mongrel to do it.

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                          ALSO IN 2003…

                          After the Ravens were replaced in 2002, it was the Sydney Sandpipers whose time ran out just before the end of the 2003 competition.

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                          END OF THE ROAD FOR SYDNEY SANDPIPERS
                          The Age
                          August 19, 2003

                          The National Netball League has had the first major financial casualty of its seven-year existence, with the Sydney Sandpipers to be withdrawn from the Commonwealth Bank Trophy after next weekend’s final home-and-away round.

                          One of seven surviving foundation teams, the Sandpipers will follow the Adelaide Ravens – who were reluctantly replaced by a new team, the AIS Canberra Darters, this season – out of existence, after Netball NSW announced it was unable to support a second Sydney-based team.

                          The Sydney Swifts are the reigning premiers and one of only two franchises in the competition to attract a naming-rights sponsor this year. The Commonwealth Bank recently renewed its major sponsorship of the league, but corporate dollars have proved far more elusive at club level, despite the record crowd of 10,000 that attended a Sydney double-header in May.

                          Netball NSW has applied to replace the Sandpipers with a new team based outside the Sydney metropolitan area, but expressions of interest have also been sought from the remaining state and territory associations and must be received by Netball Australia by Friday. South Australia, now represented only by the Thunderbirds, is likely to seek the reinstatement of a second team in Adelaide.

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                            In 2004, the Newcastle-based Hunter Jaegers entered the competition, as the replacement for the Sydney Sandpipers.

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                            2004 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY

                            Round 1
                            Jaegers 59 v Firebirds 52
                            Thunderbirds 40 v Swifts 56
                            Phoenix 73 v Darters 36
                            Kestrels 51 v Orioles 35

                            Round 2
                            Swifts 56 v Jaegers 45
                            Orioles 38 v Darters 43
                            Firebirds 44 v Phoenix 67
                            Kestrels 31 v Thunderbirds 62

                            Round 3
                            Darters 43 v Kestrels 44
                            Thunderbirds 59 v Firebirds 42
                            Phoenix 69 v Jaegers 35
                            Swifts 76 v Orioles 32

                            Round 4
                            Phoenix 46 v Kestrels 51
                            Swifts 72 v Firebirds 36
                            Thunderbirds 68 v Darters 39
                            Jaegers 48 v Orioles 38

                            Round 5
                            Firebirds 49 v Kestrels 56
                            Darters 40 v Swifts 72
                            Jaegers 39 v Thunderbirds 51
                            Orioles 40 v Phoenix 66

                            Round 6
                            Jaegers 50 v Darters 48
                            Thunderbirds 64 v Phoenix 53
                            Kestrels 37 v Swifts 58
                            Orioles 47 v Firebirds 37

                            Round 7
                            Thunderbirds 63 v Orioles 43
                            Firebirds 47 v Darters 61
                            Kestrels 49 v Jaegers 42
                            Phoenix 46 v Swifts 63

                            Round 8
                            Swifts 42 v Thunderbirds 48
                            Orioles 37 v Kestrels 53
                            Darters 58 v Phoenix 67
                            Firebirds 42 v Jaegers 41

                            Round 9
                            Phoenix 70 v Orioles 44
                            Kestrels 61 v Firebirds 48
                            Thunderbirds 60 v Jaegers 42
                            Swifts 66 v Darters 50

                            Round 10
                            Firebirds 45 v Swifts 70
                            Orioles 38 v Jaegers 52
                            Darters 45 v Thunderbirds 60
                            Kestrels 41 v Phoenix 52

                            Round 11
                            Jaegers 35 v Swifts 66
                            Thunderbirds 61 v Kestrels 56
                            Darters 50 v Orioles 47
                            Phoenix 78 v Firebirds 34

                            Round 12
                            Firebirds 41 v Orioles 53
                            Phoenix 49 v Thunderbirds 59
                            Darters 56 v Jaegers 44
                            Swifts 58 v Kestrels 43

                            Round 13
                            Jaegers 42 v Kestrels 44
                            Swifts 47 v Phoenix 48
                            Darters 55 v Firebirds 56
                            Orioles 38 v Thunderbirds 49

                            Round 14
                            Jaegers 43 v Phoenix 51
                            Kestrels 56 v Darters 55
                            Orioles 33 v Swifts 53
                            Firebirds 55 v Thunderbirds 53

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                            LADDER

                            TEAM . . . . . P . . W . . L . . D . . . F . . . A . . . .+/- . . . . % . . . . Pts
                            SWIFTS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 842 . . 578 . .+264 . . 145.67 . . 24
                            T’BIRDS .. .. 14 . .12 . . 2 . . 0 . . 798 . . 630 . .+168 . . 126.67 . . 24
                            PHOENIX .. 14 . .10 . . 4 . . 0 . . 835 . . 659 . .+176 . . 126.71 . . 20
                            KESTRELS . 14 . .. 9 . . 5 . . 0 . . 673 . . 688 . . . -15 . . . 97.82 . . 18

                            DARTERS .. 14 . .. 4 . 10 . . 0 . . 679 . . 788 . . -110 . . . 86.16 . . . 8
                            JAEGERS … 14 . .. 4 . 10 . . 0 . . 617 . . 720 . . -103 . . . 85.69 . . . 8
                            FIREBIRDS. 14 . .. 3 . 11 . . 0 . . 628 . . 819 . . -191 . . . 76.68 . . . 6
                            ORIOLES … 14 . .. 2 . 12 . . 0 . . 543 . . 792 . . -249 . . . 68.56 . . . 4

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                              MAJOR SEMI FINAL – SWIFTS v THUNDERBIRDS
                              Superdome, Sydney

                              SWIFTS WON 49-43
                              (14-13, 27-22, 37-33 49-43)

                              SWIFTS:
                              GS . Cox
                              GA . Anderson
                              WA . Barrett
                              C .. Green
                              WD . Gilsenan
                              GD . Broadbent
                              GK . Ellis

                              Changes:
                              Unknown

                              Shooting:
                              Cox 34/41 (83%)
                              Anderson 15/17 (88%)
                              TOTAL 49/58 (84%)

                              THUNDERBIRDS:
                              GS . Heinrich
                              GA . Medhurst
                              WA . L.von Bertouch
                              C .. N.von Bertouch
                              WD . Scholz
                              GD . Fellowes
                              GK . Smith

                              Changes:
                              Unknown

                              Shooting:
                              Heinrich 23/28 (82%)
                              Medhurst 20/24 (83%)
                              TOTAL 43/52 (83%)

                              Umpires: Clare McCabe, Deb Farrelly

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                                MINOR SEMI FINAL – PHOENIX v KESTRELS
                                State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

                                PHOENIX WON 49-42
                                (13-12, 27-20, 40-30, 49-42)

                                PHOENIX:
                                GS . Southby-Halbish
                                GA . McMahon
                                WA . Jacobsen
                                C .. Meaney
                                WD . Chokljat
                                GD . Prendergast
                                GK . Chatfield

                                Changes:
                                3rd Q – Dick C (Jacobsen), Meaney to WA.

                                Shooting:
                                McMahon 27/39 (71%)
                                Southby-Halbish 22/27 (81%)
                                TOTAL 49/65 (75%0

                                KESTRELS:
                                GS . Neele
                                GA . Booth
                                WA . Waller
                                C .. van Rensberg
                                WD . van Alphen
                                GD . Strachan
                                GK . Ilitch

                                Changes:
                                Unknown

                                Shooting:
                                Neele 28/38 (74%)
                                Booth 10/14 (71%)
                                Burton 4/6 (67%)
                                TOTAL 42/58 (72%)

                                Umpires: Stacey Campton, Nikki Boyd

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                                  PRELIMINARY FINAL – THUNDERBIRDS v PHOENIX
                                  ETSA Park, Adelaide

                                  PHOENIX WON 57-43
                                  (9-15, 18-29, 31-42 43-57)

                                  THUNDERBIRDS:
                                  GS . Heinrich
                                  GA . Medhurst
                                  WA . L.von Bertouch
                                  C .. N.von Bertouch
                                  WD . Scholz
                                  GD . Fellowes
                                  GK . Smith

                                  Changes:
                                  Unknown

                                  Shooting:
                                  Heinrich 29/35 (83%)
                                  Medhurst 14/18 (78%)
                                  TOTAL 43/53 (81%)

                                  PHOENIX:
                                  GS . Southby-Halbish
                                  GA . McMahon
                                  WA . Jacobsen
                                  C .. Meaney
                                  WD . Chokljat
                                  GD . Prendergast
                                  GK . Chatfield

                                  Changes:
                                  3rd Q – Dick C (Jacobsen), Meaney to WA.

                                  Shooting:
                                  Southby-Halbish 29/38 (76%)
                                  McMahon 28/34 (82%)
                                  TOTAL 57/72 (79%)

                                  Umpires: Stacey Campton, Clare McCabe

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